In these extraordinary times, we have amended our judging process, and if necessary, virtual judging (as outlined below) will take place instead of school visits.

Our judges are volunteers, and judging is an independent and peer-led process. The majority of the panel members are practising teachers and many are Teaching Award winners. The panel also includes representation from organisations across the educational spectrum.

We are grateful to these dedicated professionals who give their time to ensure a smooth and credible process for those involved and to help celebrate the amazing people who work in our schools. We need to do this more than ever in this current climate.

Please note, we hope that the House of Commons Tea for 2020 Silver Winners originally planned for July will take place later this year. We will update this page with further details when they are confirmed.


Non-shortlisted entries

Those who submitted a completed entry will be notified of the outcome by April 21st. Those who are not shortlisted will be sent a certificate, with the remainder moving on to virtual judging.


Shortlisted entries

Shortlisted entries will be contacted by the judges after Easter to arrange virtual judging by video call where possible and phone calls where it is not possible. The planned judging process is below, but we will keep this under review, and if possible, this will be substituted for in person judging.


Virtual judging process

* A video/phone interview with the nominee(s).

* A video/phone interview with the HoD / Subject/phase leader / Head of Faculty in FE colleges.

* A video/phone interview with the Headteacher (or Deputy Headteacher and/or the chairman of the governors in the case of Headteacher nominees).

* A video interview with a selection of pupils

* A video interview with a/some parent(s)

* Where schools are able to facilitate it, judges will observe a lesson being taught

* In light of the lack of face to face judging visits we are inviting you to submit additional evidence via email, up to a maximum of 5 pieces if you so wish – this can be video footage, photographs, web links, written testimonies and other examples of your nominee’s work that you feel would assist our judges.


Announcement of the 2021 Silver Winners & National Thank a Teacher Day

A week of celebrating the teaching profession, culminating in National Thank a Teacher Day on 16th June 2021, when the full list of Silver Winners will be revealed.


Silver Winners House of Commons Tea

In July 2021, all Silver Award winners and their guests will attend a tea at the House of Commons to celebrate their achievements.


Pearson National Teaching Awards UK Ceremony

In October 2021, fifteen Gold Award winners will be announced at the Pearson National Teaching Awards UK ceremony, attended by all Silver Winners.


2022 Awards open

November 2022